Mr G’s Soul Kitchen
Reviewed by Lee-Anne McCarthy
How did I not know about this place before? A Friday night child free, glammed up and hungry Mr G’s Soul Kitchen was my husband and I’s destination. I was a little apprehensive before we went I’ve never eaten real proper Caribbean soul food before and had visions of uber hot food that would make my eyes water. But I fasted well in preparation for a real filling of soul food and I wasn’t to be disappointed.
We were greeted in the restaurant by some delightful staff. They were open, helpful and so accommodating. The restaurant has a lovely relaxed eating atmosphere. Tables were pleasantly spaced throughout the restaurant allowing you to feel like you were enjoying a very personal very private meal. Décor is understated and doesn’t detract from the main event; the food.
The menu is extensive and very appealing. We were lucky enough to indulge in all three courses, the problem was deciding which of the meals to choose. Our waiter really helped educate us in Caribbean food and he made me feel really confident in the food we were choosing. Awesomely for starters we were able to choose a platter of dishes called the soul platter to share and were given samples of; spiced fish cakes, Mr G’s Creole King Prawns, Classic Jerk and Jack Daniels Hickory BBQ wings and sweet sticky lamb ribs. When the dish was served it look mouth-watering. The platter over flowed with the sample dishes and salad that was so appealing. The best thing about the platter was the wealth of flavours that the dishes provided. Hot and spicy jerk chicken, tongue tickling prawns and sticky ribs that’s meat just melted off the bone. Myself and my husband had distinct favourites on the plate he favoured the jerk chicken wings and I loved the spice fish cakes. As real food lovers and convinced we had a never ending stomach we polished off every bit of the starter. What we didn’t realise was the fatal mistake we’d made being so full so early with some much more delicious food to devour.
For our main course my husband and I made very different choices. Upon recommendation and to be a little adventurous I chose Barbequed goat with rice and beans. My husband chose Caribbean Jerk Chicken with chips. We were also given some samples of some very popular Caribbean favourites; Plantain and fried dumplings. When the food came I was bowled over by the plate it was huge. Now my barbequed goat was a bit of a plain Jane looking dish. It wasn’t so easy on the eye and our waiter did say that customers often look a little disappointed by its look but its taste would impress. He was very very right. Yes you initially eat with your eyes but the most important eating comes with the taste and for me it was a delicious dish. The meat was really tasty and flavoursome. The rice and beans was beautiful and fluffy and a lovely accompaniment to the dish. I was also given some dipping spice powder and I must confess I wasn’t brave enough to try it. My husband on the other hand tried it and has since decided we have to find it for our own store cupboard at home. My husband loves a spicy dish and when he received his Caribbean Jerk chicken he wasn’t at all disappointed. The chicken was juicy, succulent and rich with the Jerk flavour. We completed our Caribbean education sampling the plantain and dumplings. I wasn’t sure what to expect in either dish but they were both delicious in very different ways. The plantain tasted delightfully sweet and caramelised. The dumplings were lovely for dipping in the left over sauces on the plate to savour every flavour.
Now by the time we got to dessert I wasn’t sure I had any room left but being the food warriors that we are we battled on with one dessert between us; Mango Cheescake. This dish was clearly homemade and not of the frozen pre-packaged variety. It provided a lovely end to our meal really cooling and cleansing. The mango favour came through beautifully and the biscuit base had a real crunch. This dessert provided a fitting end to a truly appetising three courses.
With attentive service, a truly relaxed atmosphere and outstanding food I really cannot recommend Mr G’s Soul Kitchen highly enough. It really brings a little bit of the Caribbean to a usually very windy very wet Cardiff. We are already planning a return visit and on that note we give Mr G’s Soul Kitchen a truly delectable 5/5.
For more information, to view menus, book a table or home delivery visit www.mrgs-soulkitchen.co.uk